Danielle Buonaiuto appears as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Canada, singing a broad range of music encompassing the standard repertoire, rarely-performed operatic works, and modern music, as well as new works written especially for her. Praised for her “wonderful subtlety” and “hypnotic” presence, Ms. Buonaiuto brings compelling characterization and a gift for storytelling to her performances. Ms. Buonaiuto is a sought-after interpreter of new music. Appearances have included Crumb’s Madrigals, Berio’s Folk Songs, Golijov’s Ayre, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. In August 2014, she joined the Lucerne Festival Academy for a performance of Berio’s Coro under Sir Simon Rattle. She has commissioned young Canadian and American composers individually and with her pierrot ensemble, the Lunar Ensemble, for whom she recently secured a New Music USA grant to support new works this season. The group will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope’s launch with a new dramatic cantata, at the Maryland Science Center, in March 2015.
Deeply committed to the genre of art song, Ms. Buonaiuto released her debut recording, Songs of Innocence and Experience, in April 2014, with pianist Bethany Pietroniro recital at St David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore, which included the premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s arrangements of Scottish folk songs in which the duo reached “great emotional depth”.
. This season, she continues to concertize with Ms. Pietroniro at the Wright Theater and War Memorial in Baltimore, as well as more intimate venues in the community. Their recital at St David’s Episcopal Church in Baltimore included the premiere of Douglas Buchanan’s arrangements of Scottish folk songs, in which the duo reached “great emotional depth”. Ms. Buonaiuto made her symphonic debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Knabe 1 in Die Zauberflöte. She appeared in 2013 as a Bel Canto Young Artist at the Caramoor Festival in New York, singing Voix en Haut in Don Carlos. She returns to Caramoor for their 2015 season. She was also seen in Quebec and Ontario as Musetta in La Bohème with Jeunesses Musicales Canada, and appeared as Miss Wordsworth in Albert Herring with the Bronx Opera. Other favorite roles include Mozart heroines Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Ilia (Idomeneo).
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